The British government and their friends, the large supermarkets, are encouraging the destruction of the planet and are charging YOU for the privilege.

There’s now a 5p charge on supermarket plastic bags. A penny of that goes straight to the government as VAT. They say the policy will reduce litter, waste and protect wildlife. They say it could cut plastic bag use by up to 80 per cent. They’re lying of course, they know it’ll make no difference. None of their other “green” taxes has helped the environment, so why will this one?

“Environmental” taxes are a huge money spinner. They hit a record high of £44.6 billion in 2014. The green tax burden has more than doubled over the past two decades. Last year saw the ninth consecutive increase. The vast majority of these taxes are levied on transport fuels such as petrol and diesel, accounting for £27.1 billion. Vehicle duties made up £6 billion of the total and air passenger duty £3.2 billion.

These taxes have not stopped us driving or flying on planes. London is still one of the most congested cities in the world, even though there’s been a congestion charge there since February 2003 and it now costs £11.50 to drive into town on a weekday. The government know that we need cars and planes so we’ll just pay the tax. They also know that we’ll pay 5p for a plastic bag at the supermarket because without bags, we won’t be able to take our shopping home.

Green taxes have nothing to do with saving the planet, they are there to make money for the government. Soon the supermarkets will get in on the act as well and take 4p from every 5p spent on plastic bags.

The cleverest con with green taxes is they shift the blame for pollution from the multinational corporations that do all of the polluting and the governments who fail to regulate them properly, to YOU!

We all know how terrible plastic bags are for the environment. They choke wildlife, they don’t break down in landfills or oceans and they aren’t easy to recycle. With an increase in plastic bag use throughout the world, the eventual effects could be devastating.

The thing is, although YOU’RE being blamed for the problem, YOU don’t get a choice at the checkout! They don’t offer you an environmentally friendly bag instead. Your only alternative is to bring your own. When a sea turtle chokes to death on a Tesco bag, you’re made to feel as if IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT! That is why this is such a brilliant con. It’s easier to get money out of you if they make you feel responsible for the problem. Guilt is a powerful motivator.

If they really want to make a difference to the environment, all the government has to do is ban plastic bags. They’re already banned in San Francisco, Mexico City, and twelve towns in Australia.

The huge supermarket chains could insist on only using environmentally friendly bags. There are plenty available, but why should they when there’s so much money to be made from green taxes?

Not only will the shopping bag tax not help the environment, it will actually be bad for it because now that the supermarkets will be charging 5p for every environmentally toxic shopping bag, they have no incentive to switch to environmentally friendly ones.

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